The Thomas More Prep-Marian girls’ soccer team was dominant in its postseason opener, bringing Monday’s contest against Rose Hill to a close minutes before the second half was slated to end at Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex.
Tyra Younie’s goal in the 77th minute, a header off a Megan Koenigsman free kick, ended the game via mercy rule with the hosts in front 10-0. It probably could’ve been finished earlier on the wet and windy day, as the Rockets played the final 20 minutes with 10 girls on the field after Keegan Sweeney was sent off with a red card. The Monarchs squandered a number of other one-on-one scoring opportunities, but that was about all that could use some work before Thursday’s game.
“We can always improve, probably our finishing,” sophomore Aubrey Koenigsman said. “We can still work on that. There were still some shots we missed.”
Aubrey and Megan Koenigsman joined Racheal Hamel in a TMP midfield that provided consistent scoring opportunities for the Monarchs.
“That’s the heart of my team,” TMP coach Darryl Wellbrock said. “They’re getting better every game, excelling. Them and the people up top are starting to work together better. You hope for that as the season goes on, it’s just good to see. The girls are understanding their runs; they’re understanding each other.”
The Monarchs had a couple opportunities to score in the opening 10 minutes on through balls played from the Monarch midfield.
Senior Taylor Gabel opened the scoring in the 12th minute when she scored with her first touch on a ball played across the box by classmate Bailey Hageman.
In the 17th minute, Aubrey Koenigsman netted the first of her three goals when she won possession in the box and scored in a crowd of Rocket defenders. Two minutes later, Hageman broke through a group of defenders and slotted home the Monarchs’ third goal of the game.
“Early in the game, I started to see some of my strikers making overlaps off my outside mids and stuff, making that run, spending the extra energy to get out there and get off the cross,” Wellbrock said. “A lot of good things going on that they’re starting to do on their own instead of having to be coached.”
Aubrey Koenigsman’s second goal, a shot that dipped just below the crossbar, made it 4-0 in the 30th minute.
The hosts led by four at the half before adding six goals in the final 40 minutes .
Hageman scored three minutes into the second half on a feed from Megan Koenigsman before Aubrey Koenigsman completed her hat trick two minutes later.
Megan Koenigsman scored her first goal on a pass from Ashley Ostrander, who was in goal for a resting Deonna Wellbrock in the first half.
“I think we all work really well together,” Aubrey Koenigsman said of the Monarchs’ midfield and strikers. “We practice that a lot, working together on our movements. I think it’s just paying off.”
Ostrander then scored in the 51st minute to make it 8-0 before Megan Koenigsman’s second goal, a quality strike from outside the box, set the Monarchs up to end the game early.
The TMP defense was hardly tested, as the Monarchs kept the ball in their offense third for almost all of the action.
“That was pretty well flawless today,” Wallbrock said of his team’s defensive effort.
“The other keepers did well.”
Heading into another win-or-go-home game on Thursday, the TMP coach can only hope for more of the same.
“Hopefully, they continue to play like this,” Wellbrock said.
Thomas More Prep-Marian 10, Rose Hill 0
RHHS 0 0 — 0
TMP 4 6 — 10
Goals: A. Koenigsman 3, Hageman 2, M. Koenigsman 2, Gabel, Ostrander, Younie.